THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE
Efficiency & Resiliency for Cold Storage
Making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient and resilient while reducing energy costs up to 50%.
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PROTECTING FOOD QUALITY
Increased temperature stability inside freezers.
Preserve food quality & shelf life, avoid micro-thawing and large crystal formations.
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REDUCING YOUR RISK
Protecting temperatures, product, and profits.
Business resiliency from temperature variability, equipment malfunction, power outages, product liability, and rising energy costs.
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OVERCOMING THE PEAK
Avoid peak period energy costs.
Long-duration energy storage to shift load & reduce peak demand up to 13 hours each day.
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Why we do what we do We believe refrigeration and the cold chain can do more with less - better protected food, more resilient & sustainable facilities, and less energy use while helping utilities address the electrical grid challenges.
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Presentation
Refrigeration Engineers Presentation Watch this 21-minute refrigeration engineering presentation by Global Director Brad North P.E,, CEM for a deeper understanding of PCM thermodynamics, how TES minimizes: temperature stratification, energy use, and GHG, along with other benefits.
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Awards
Viking Cold is named to 2021 Top Green Providers for 5th consecutive year We are proud to be selected to Food Logistics Top Green Providers for the 5th year in a row.
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Awards
London's Energy Institute names Viking Cold as their annual Technology Innovation For our Thermal Energy Storage technology’s contributions to the stability of the electrical grid and improved refrigeration sustainability.
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Case Study & Video
TES in an Ammonia Refrigerated Low-Temperature Warehouse Decreased consumption 43% and demand 29% for 13 hours.
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Client Energy Savings
 
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Total electricity consumption we've saved our clients with our long-duration energy storage + efficiency technology. Cost savings are even greater when we consider demand and TOU improvements with our solutions.
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Learn how Thermal Energy Storage improves efficiencies, adds flexibility, and protects frozen food. See how TES works to improve energy use, GHG, temperature stability, and resiliency of cold storage operations.
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Case Study
TES in a Grocery Store Walk-In Freezer International grocery chain finds up to 85% load reduction and a 60% peak period run-time reduction for multiple energy saving strategies.
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Intelligent Long-Duration Thermal Energy Storage

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient, flexible, and sustainable while protecting food quality. Our long-duration Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Systems, with a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) less than 2 cents per kWh, have been installed inside frozen food production, storage, and distribution facilities around the world. Viking Cold’s innovative application of environmentally-friendly Phase Change Materials (PCM) and cloud-based intelligent controls and monitoring combines energy storage with efficiency to enable flexible energy management and reduced energy costs.

See How TES Adds Efficiency & Flexibility to Refrigeration

 

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Viking Cold Solutions enables companies to achieve up to a 35% or greater reduction in energy costs through efficiency and energy storage flexibility.

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) leverages phase change material to store energy in the form of cold for future use. It is engineered to freeze/thaw at specific temperatures commonly used in frozen cold storage (-20°F to 32°F or -28°C to 0°C). This allows the refrigeration equipment to be turned off for long periods of time (up to 13 hours) while maintaining stable temperatures in the freezer.

Our TES system works well for new construction, retrofit, or refurbishment projects.

We save our customers 20 to 35% or more on their energy costs (some up to 50%). TES adds efficiencies and flexibility to existing refrigeration systems to avoid peak pricing, reduce overall load, and reduce net consumption. Now cold storage operators and grocery stores can buy, store, and use their energy when it's most economical for them.
Thermal energy storage stabilizes temperatures by reducing the number of temperature fluctuations, dramatically slowing the temperatures' rate of rise, and providing thermal back up resiliency to maintain temperatures 3X longer in the event of a power outage or equipment failure.
TES improves the efficiency of existing refrigeration systems in many ways. 1) increasing the percentage of refrigeration run time during hours with lower ambient temperatures 2) running the compressors at maximum designed efficiency levels 3) consolidating up to 85% of the heat infiltration directly in the refrigeration air flow 4) no additional mechanical components or parasitic energy consumption 5) the PCM’s higher heat transfer rate (eight-times that of frozen food). All of this means more heat is removed using less equipment run time and an average of 26% fewer kWh.
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Recent Posts From Our Blog
North American Clean Energy: Why Refrigerated Warehouses Need Long-Duration Thermal Energy Storage

North American Clean Energy has published an article by Viking Cold's Director of Marketing, Damon Vance, that discusses how many commercial & industrial (C&I) refrigerated warehouses across the country are contributing to solutions for some of the challenges on the electrical grid. The C&I facilities in the cold chain, when utilizing energy storage and refrigeration optimization solutions like Viking Cold's, represent a significant opportunity to help reach the goals of utility operators and the Biden Administration's $36 billion decarbonization plan. By enabling cold chain facilities with added sustainability, resiliency, and flexibility operators of both cold storage and the electrical grid can reduce costs and GHG emissions. Read the article or contact Viking Cold to learn more about the intense electrical load, aging infrastructure, and rapid growth rate of the refrigerated cold chain and how new technologies like Thermal Energy Storage (TES) are helping them improve refrigeration efficiencies, reduce their carbon footprint, and contribute to the growth of renewable energy sources as we enter the energy transition.

Inbound Logistics Podcast: Sustainable and Profitable Refrigerated Logistics

Jeof Vita, the host of the Inbound Logistics Podcast, spoke with Viking Cold President & CEO, James Bell to discuss how Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology is helping cold chain operators balance their need to be more sustainable and profitable with the amount of refrigeration required to protect their food's quality (Episode 118).  Utilizing Viking Cold's refrigeration optimization solutions to address the unique temperature and energy challenges of different cold storage facilities from food producers and 3PL providers to foodservice distributors and retailers is also discussed. Additionally, they cover how the unique energy storage and efficiency capabilities of TES are improving how refrigerated facilities are interacting with the electrical grid for improved sustainability and reduced operating costs.

Refrigeration Engineers Presentation – Efficient, Flexible, Sustainable Refrigeration with Thermal Energy Storage

Refrigeration engineers often receive a lot of valuable training and education through their professional organizations. Viking Cold's Global Director Brad North, P.E., CEM presents some of the key benefits of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) using Phase Change Material (PCM) in refrigeration applications to a national HVAC and refrigeration engineering association. In this 21-minute video presentation to engineers in the HVACR industry, refrigeration benefits such as reducing energy use, improving sustainability, minimizing temperature stratification, extending temperature resiliency, and improving interconnectivity with power from the electrical grid are covered. Brad begins his presentation with relevant cold chain statistics about facilities where refrigeration optimization with intelligent Thermal Energy Storage is being achieved by leveraging PCM. He also explains some of the unique thermodynamic properties of PCM that allow TES systems to achieve positive refrigeration energy and temperature management results. He then covers how the PCM is configured and easily installed into various cold storage refrigerated facilities without additional space requirements or the loss of valuable storage area. Also covered in the presentation is a brief evolutionary history of the refrigeration practice known as flywheeling – subcooling the food and surrounding room to then minimize refrigeration during periods with high energy costs. Brad discusses factors that influenced the start of flywheeling, are transforming flywheeling practices with new technologies, as well as how PCM safely extends the length of flywheeling periods while reducing the risk to food quality and shelf life. He also shares how PCM is able to slow temperature increases in a room without active refrigeration and shows case study data illustrating a reduced rate-of-rise and improved temperature stability. Inside cold storage facilities temperature stratification throughout the room generally occurs. Brad shows some examples of how properly installed PCM combined with intelligence reduces the extent of temperature stratification and creates a more uniform temperature across the vertical space of these refrigerated rooms.  With the introduction of PCM a new “stratification floor” is created that consolidates more of the heat near the ceiling in the airflow of the evaporators for improved temperatures around the food and for easy removal of the heat by the refrigeration system. Thermal Energy Storage is often considered a way to simply shift when energy is consumed by refrigeration systems. Brad explains many of the factors that allow Viking Cold’s TES technology to not only shift the timing of refrigeration but also to safely reduce the total kWh energy consumption (energy efficiency) of the refrigeration systems. Hear about the factors that enable this such as reducing the horsepower per ton ratio, the ability to run refrigeration systems at maximum designed efficiency or “fully loaded”, the consolidation of up to 85% of the heat infiltration near the top of the room, the PCM’s higher heat capacity and heat transfer rates, and the fact that TES systems do not have mechanical components that cannibalize the energy savings with parasitic losses. Also discussed in this refrigeration engineer's presentation are additional attributes of TES that provide energy flexibility and the ability to safely and easily participate in multiple utility and grid operator programs. Many of these programs reduce costs, some provide financial incentives for technology upgrades, and some programs can generate revenue streams for operators of refrigerated facilities. The added refrigeration flexibility from TES enables participation in programs such as demand response, permanent load shed, targeted load shed, peak shaving, responding to market index pricing signals, renewables plus storage, and capacity programs. Temperature resiliency inside the refrigerated cold chain is paramount to maintaining food quality and shelf life while minimizing food loss. Brad also explains how PCM adds resiliency to cold storage rooms. Common scenarios that disrupt cold storage operations and create a need for temperature resiliency are becoming more common and include mechanical breakdown of refrigeration system components and loss of power from ice storms, hurricanes, wildfires, utility-initiated de-energization, and more. Refrigerated facilities that have TES installed have up to three times longer temperature protection during any of these situations that may cause the loss of refrigeration. Whether you are a facilities or business leader, refrigeration engineer, cold storage operator, or somewhere in the temperature-controlled cold chain, there is something in this short professional association presentation for you. Quickly learn about mitigating risk, cutting costs, improving sustainability, stabilizing temperatures, and more. Click above to watch this short 21-minute refrigeration engineer professional association presentation. Or contact us today to learn how our refrigeration optimization and thermal energy storage solutions will save you energy and money.    

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